Nikola Vucevic always a top center consideration

Nikola Vucevic always a top center consideration

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Nikola Vucevic always a top center consideration

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(Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)
(Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

By: Ryan Dodson, USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Before we get into it, fantasy owners must take note of what's happening out west.

The Los Angeles Clippers are great defensively, and they face a Charlotte Hornets team that was blown out by 28 points last night.

PF Blake Griffin ($8,200; 16.4% of your cap) is back after missing a few weeks with a staph infection in his elbow. He changes the landscape quite a bit.

PG Chris Paul ($9,000; 18.0%) and C DeAndre Jordan ($8,000; 16.0%) really carried the team in his absence, but expect their output to scale back a little bit. Paul has reached 40 FantasyScore points once in five games, but his output is still acceptable. He figures to be a good start, but the promise for a big 50-point showing isn't great.

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Now that Griffin has returned, Jordan could morph back into the 30-point player instead of the 40-point monster he has been for a few weeks. At his price, we'd be conservative and see how Griffin affects his output.

As for Griffin, he managed 40.3 fantasy points with 11 points, 11 boards and eight assists in his first game back. He was just 4-for-10 from the floor and looked winded at times. His rebounding has been questionable, and it's hard to expect that many assists. He's a risky forward today.

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Featured studs

F Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks
$9,400 salary | 18.8% of cap

The Brow mutilated the Denver Nuggets with an 83-point effort on FantasyScore Sunday. Milwaukee poses little more of a threat as they're in the bottom five of the league against the four the last 10. The only thing keeping Davis from 45 fantasy points in each of the last six games was a blow to the head that knocked him out of a game last week. He is cost certainty at its finest with upside.

C Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets
$7,500 salary | 15.0% of cap

Vucevic has found his form after missing a couple of games due to an ankle injury. He's averaging 42.2 fantasy points the last three games and is always a top center consideration. The same holds true Tuesday against a Rockets team in the bottom five of the league against centers without C Dwight Howard (knee) the last 10 games.

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G Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
$5,800 salary | 11.6% of cap

Parker has been rolling the last week, with the exception of 25 FantasyScore points in a blowout win over Minnesota Sunday. He averaged 43 fantasy points in the previous four games. The Knicks have struggled against the point the last five games, and Parker could be in line for another banner game at a midrange price.

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G Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets
$4,200 salary | 8.4% of cap

The rookie has outplayed his price for six of the last seven games, and he has 40 on FantasyScore in the last two. Houston is among the best at defending the position the last 10 games, but Payton's price is very good if he yields 25-30 fantasy points.

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Bench

G Mo Williams, Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

Williams is expected to suffer a bit from PG Kemba Walker's return, and he has begun to dip with 19.8 fantasy points the last two games. The Clippers are the best at defending the point the last 10, and they have been stingy against PGs all season.

HoopsHype and USA TODAY Fantasy Sports offer daily fantasy basketball advice throughout the 2014-15 season. Play for free or for prizes at FantasyScore today.

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